Cathy Reilly

Cathy Reilly is the founder and president of Onboardia, an award-winning web-based new hire orientation and employee training platform that provides organizations with a customized, efficient solution for onboarding and engaging new hires from Day One and beyond.

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The Most Important Component of Any Onboarding Program

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Mar 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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One day years ago, I was walking in mid-town Manhattan on a lunch break and came upon a movie shoot with Robin Williams. There was only a small crowd gathered, so I stopped to watch. About ten minutes later, they broke and Robin immediately came over to sign autographs. He asked for a pen, no one replied, so I offered mine and he took it. He signed, joked away, then quickly wrapped up to get back on set. Before he did, he came over to me, smiled and said “Thanks a lot for the pen.” as he handed it back to me. It was very special and memorable for me. Why? Because he gave me a few moments of his direct attention.

That’s also what makes the difference and greater distinction when welcoming a new employee - our direct attention. It’s what I consider to be the most important part of onboarding a new hire. Sure, we are all busy and onboarding is a process, but taking the time to ensure focus is given to each new hire as an individual who matters when they join a company is golden.

Here are a few tips on how to give new hires attention:

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Employee Experience, Training, Employee Retention

Are You Prepared For Employee Inboarding?

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Mar 13, 2018 9:14:25 AM

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A few weeks ago I wrote about the impact that artificial intelligence (What You Need to Know About AI and Women’s Jobs) will have on jobs, especially women’s job as work automation increases. While women may be more affected, all employees will be touched by AI directly or indirectly. As jobs change and get redefined through technology, employees must change. It will become commonplace to see employee roles change, which will bring in-house moves within the company. HR will find itself having to focus on building a new workforce internally through retraining, upskilling, and reassigning employees into modern, relevant roles.

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Employee Experience, Training, Employee Retention

3 Unexpected Ways Your Company Gains When Hiring Temps

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Mar 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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According to the American Staffing Association, there are nearly 15 million temporary and contract workers being hired across the U.S. each year working in all jobs in all industries. If you think these are only low-paying or for unskilled positions, think again. Many professionals are working as temps such as attorneys, doctors, nurses, accountants, managers and IT specialists, just to name a few. In fact, there are scores of staffing services that cater to the new genres of temps.

With such a vast number of temporary workers, much can be gleaned from them. Aside from the wealth of knowledge and experience they bring, temps bring several unexpected gains to companies and those in human resources in very valuable ways. Here are three:

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Employee Experience

Why Tyler Perry Likens Employees to Trees

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Feb 27, 2018 9:02:56 AM


Earlier this month I attended the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business National Summit in Washington D.C.  For those who have not heard about the GS 10KSB program, it was established to help small businesses grow since they employ more than 60% of the workforce in the country and create jobs. I am an honored alumni of this valuable program.

At this premier event, we were afforded the special opportunity to hear from prestigious speakers such as Sir Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, Susan Blakely, Lloyd Blankfein, Jo Malone, Lisa Price, Danny Meyer, and Tyler Perry. There were also an array of other noted CEO’s and congressman on stage sharing their wisdoms and methodologies in business. There was one glaring topic each speaker brought up: “The importance of their organization’s people and the challenges of hiring right”.

In particular, I was impressed with what Tyler Perry said when the topic of employees was raised as he described what he uses as his test/guide. It’s called his “tree analogy” and helps in his management style and when assessing staff. In my close to three decades worth of experience, I’ve never heard of a “tree analogy”. He said that he thinks of employees like parts of a tree. I was so impressed by that I’ve decided to share his thoughts.

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Employee Experience

How to Easily Enhance Your Temp Strategy

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Feb 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Everyone wants a great temp. When it happens, it’s wonderful. When it doesn’t happen, let’s just say it’s less than wonderful. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat a hit or miss. This happens for several reasons: 1) the product you are requesting from your staffing service is people. People are subject to an endless array of behaviors and qualities, and 2) quite often requests for temps are highly automated. Because you are requesting a people product, complete automation of the entire process may not be yielding the results you want.

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Employee Experience

What You Need to Know about AI and Women's Jobs

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Feb 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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One of the biggest trends for Human Resources to keep an eye on in 2018 is the rapid growth of AI (Artificial Intelligence). Not only will this affect the way we work in human resources, our employees and companies as it requires consolidating tasks and compressing jobs, it’s going to be especially impactful on the larger scale to one particular segment of the workforce – women. With AI, brings higher job losses for women.

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Employee Experience

8 Reasons to Add a Temp to Perm Approach to Your Hiring Strategy

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Feb 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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You find yourself having to fill a job vacancy at work. Perhaps it’s a tough position where you’ve had above average turnaround. Or, your company is ramping up its growth. Or, you would simply like the timesaving advantage of having a potential candidate start as soon as possible and test them out before making an offer. These are the more popular reasons for hiring a temporary employee with the intention of making them permanent, once they meet your criteria. Also nicknamed “temp to perm”.

With hiring strategies, and there are many, you may want to add a temp to perm approach to your list of recruiting options for all levels of employees. No longer reserved for administrative jobs or maternity leaves, temporary employment has evolved to where it is today: a work strategy for all job types and work preferences. Temporary employees include a vast array of professionals.

Next time you have an open job, consider these advantages a temp to perm strategy may bring you:

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Training, Corporate Culture

Why You Should Know Your Company’s Top 3 Priorities

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Jan 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” 
Stephen R. Covey

Where are you heading so fast?

We seem to have gotten derailed by the need for speed in business, so we created multi-tasking. But, in turn, we have sacrificed quality and focus.  We are beginning to realize that multi-tasking really isn’t all that productive. While this term sounds like we’re getting more done, we’re still only performing one thing at a time, but just in rapid succession.  Urgency has surpassed importance. But, do you know why your job makes sense and how it contributes to the bigger picture? What is all the racing for anyway?

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Training, Corporate Culture

5 Must-Have's from your Staffing Service

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Jan 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Prior to starting my company Onboardia, Inc., my work in human resources included years of working with staffing services. I found that many of my colleagues had a love/hate relationship with them and we spent many lunchtime breaks in the cafeteria debating the good, the bad and the ugly. 

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Training, Corporate Culture

Work isn't Supposed to be Fun?

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Jan 18, 2018 1:29:36 PM

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Let’s question that

How often have you heard that statement in the past?  What about “That’s why they call it work”? Thankfully, that view’s been changing over recent years across organizations. In fact, I found fun working in the Navy, my first real job. Saying this was the land of rules and regimentation is putting it mildly. So how on earth was there any fun on that job?

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Topics: Human Resources, Management, Training, Corporate Culture

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